weeks - 3:06 am on May 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have a wife, a NookColor (updated) and an iPad2. And wheel is right on all counts.
Listen to your wife. (Surprise her!) Get her a nice iPad2. And get the cover, too. Insist on the cover. She'll enjoy it and you'll see some of the really interesting cut edge stuff being done on the web. (And some really, really bad stuff as well, re apps.*) If you're in this biz and you want to talk to others about what is going on in the biz, you need a wife with an iPad2 for a reality check. The world continues to change...
Like you, I went through the "it's just the brand people know" deal regarding the high-end desktop radio a few years. Wife wanted a Bose Wave. Well, I read some reviews and, so, I got her something else. Better. Maybe even more expensive.
It wasn't what she wanted. And what she wanted was 1. to be listened to and respected, and 2. the Bose. She was disappointed, but not upset. Later, we put it in the guest room and I got her the Bose. I hate disappointing my wife any more than I do.
When she asks what you think re the iPad, say, "I think you know best. You can trust your judgment. I do all of the time." She will buy it. (But, for the record, even Apple cannot justify their top end iPad2. The mid-line does it all. If you want to give them more money, they say they will take it.)
After she gets it, do something for her that will be fun and useful--and different. Load the new Weather channel HD app. It's impressive. Second, crank iBook app and get some books on it, so she can see its potential as a reader. Whoa! Second, link up the google calendar with the calendar function. Easy and cool! Then give it back to her. (This will be difficult.)
The NookColor is very good for books. I use it for demos to make points about UI on smaller devices. It's painfully slow for video and the UI is not the iPad, but it's still impressive. (I understand B&N is coming out with another device soon.)
The iPad is very relaxing to use. As I have said elsewhere, I've been surprised that not having flash has not been a big deal. I thought it would be more than it is.
I didn't buy it for my wife. She isn't computer crazy. But, she is warming up to it rapidly. You wife, I suspect, will be very happy to have it. And a happy wife is a good thing.
(*Worst app I've found so far is the New Yorker magazine, not that I'm big into apps. If this is what everyone saw when they first saw an iPad, they wouldn't have sold 500. This app makes paper look high-tech. Yes, wheel is right. This is going to have big impact on journalism, perhaps in some good ways. I hope so.)